Aijaz Ahmed, principal technology architect at Infosys PRIME Services group, is serving as a contributing writer for Rajiv Sabharwal's blog.

The Nobel Prize in physics for 2010 was awarded jointly to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material Graphene.'  What is “Graphene” and why all this excitement? Graphene, first discovered two years ago, is a one-atom-thick sheet of sp2-bonded hexagonal carbon crystals (i.e., honeycomb shaped, two-dimensional material) whose strength, flexibility, practically transparent and highly suitable nature for electrical conductivity has attracted new research opportunities. By some estimates, 3 million layers of Graphene’s transparent sheets will be less than 1 mm thick, with a strength 100 times more than steel of a similar diameter.

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